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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

jittles Re:It was never about the costs (234 comments)

Except there is no case. He is not wanted for any crime by Sweden. He is wanted for questioning. In nearly any other western country, you could tell the police to piss off, but not Sweden. They can arrest you just to talk to you, but choosing to not talk to them is not a crime. The UK has made the bogus claim that, because he doesn't want to be arrested for such a thing, means that he is a fugitive of UK law. How preposterous. If an Englishmen in America didn't want to talk to the police of Mozambique that does not mean in itself that the Americans can reasonably arrest him for being a fugitive of US law.

They can take you into custody to question you in the US, also. You don't have to answer any of their questions, but they can definitely take you into custody.

2 days ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

jittles Re:Rain attenuates the radio signal (150 comments)

It's relative: I averaged something like 60ms pings, while everyone else had 20-30ms pings (DSL was still fairly new back then). Not like I was roughing it at 250+ like in the old modem days.

60ms isn't bad. I was expecting somewhere in the 300-500ms range. That is the kind of latency I've seen with other wireless internet links from back in the day.

5 days ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

jittles Re:Rain attenuates the radio signal (150 comments)

Only real issue I had was with the lag, which made it rough for FPS gaming, though doable.

It was only doable because everyone else had low latency links. If you were in a game where everyone had high latency links like yours, the game would be completely unplayable. As it was, the people who had low latency links probably hated playing with you, and I don't blame them at all.

5 days ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

jittles Re:Wikipedia (243 comments)

Wow. Just wow. There are some real gems in that article:

"I remember my parents and some other adults talking about profanity to some kid," Haselton says.[8] "I just thought, 'Why not declare on midnight, January 1, that all swear words are not swear words anymore? Then there will be no such thing as foul language.'"

What the hell kind of idiot thinks things like this? He obviously does not understand human expression or language (hence the 1M line diatribes). Most of the content of his Wikipedia entry consists of quotes of himself. My guess is that he has some sock puppet that he uses to edit his own Wikipedia page. The drivel on there is worse than the stuff he posts on Slashdot. Best of all, the guy thinks he's a freaking rocket scientist.

5 days ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

jittles Re:I would be much more impressed... (276 comments)

To find out who's the youngest linux kernel developer who (to have some objective criteria) had a patch accepted into the mainstream line. Or you know, anything else besides something based on multiple choice and memorization.

That's not a good guide at all. When I was 23, I submitted a patch to kernel.org for an issue with the USB HID driver. Some idiot had gone to sleep with a spinlock. I submitted that patch as per all the guidelines on kernel.org at the time. The bug (which would grind your computer to a halt with the correct hardware attached), remained unpatched for 6 kernel versions before some mainstream kernel dev took my exact same patch and submitted it under his own name. If you don't already have a name, or if you don't have the weight of a giant corporation behind you, you'll never get your patch into the kernel, even if its a simple one line fix that is obvious.

5 days ago
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US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

jittles Re:I don't get it... (98 comments)

Or you just need one malicious actor in charge of an enterprise deployment server. This is especially an issue if you have a BYOD policy and one bad apple that wants to steal peoples banking credentials. If I am used to installing apps from my corporation on my phone, anyone who has control of that deployment machine could potentially attack my device. That includes nefarious people who gain access to the deployment server over the internet.

about a week ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

jittles Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (693 comments)

I know that a private citizen does not have to perform a background check. I might just feel better about doing the background check before I gave someone a gun, that is all. And the whole point of the FFL is to unlink you from that gun. You've transferred it, and you have it in a legal register showing that you no longer own it. But, as you say, if there is no link to you and the gun to begin with, then you have nothing to worry about from that standpoint.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

jittles Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (693 comments)

The only thing that is not illegal, that could be implied by your comment, is the sale of a firearm from one private citizen to another without the aid of an FFL. Personally, I think anyone who would make such a sale without the aid of an FFL is an idiot, as it could lead to legal complications in the future.

I've sold guns that way, but then I've always bought my guns without the use of a FFL, so the sale would *never* be traced to me. Well, theoretically, the person I sold it to could try to identify me, but that would fail, so the gun check would turn up someone in the '80s that bought it from a FFL, and got rid of it. That person is probably dead anyway. So all the tracking will find a dead end that leads nowhere. Not sure how that'd get anyone in trouble, unless you think the types of people to sell guns second-hand without a license would always buy it from an FFL themselves?

If I owned a gun and sold it to a private citizen, I would want to transfer through an FFL strictly so that I have documented proof that I transferred ownership. The reason being that I would not want the gun traced back to me if some sort of crime were committed with it. In the case that you mention, where you bought the gun from a private citizen, I see no reason not to sell it without the help of an FFL from a legal standpoint. Does an FFL perform a criminal background check when you do a private party transfer? If so, I might still want to do it for that reason.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

jittles Re:Meh (257 comments)

Technically, you still have to pay state sales tax on purchases made over the Internet. You just exploit the fact that the states can't force Internet retailers to collect those taxes and send them to the state as a way to skip out on paying your taxes.

You are completely incorrect. The interstate commerce clause specifically forbids a state from charging sales tax on interstate commerce. States that want to tax interstate commerce charge a "use tax". Whether such a tax is legal, I don't know. The argument in favor of a use tax is that it puts the tax burden on the buyer instead of the seller, and therefore does not impede interstate commerce. But you are definitely not charged sales tax on interstate purchases entirely because the federal government has not authorized one.

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

jittles Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (693 comments)

and as long as the identities of gun owners is somehow considered sacrosanct and unrecorded, purchases under false pretenses will happen.

Any time you purchase a gun from an FFL (Federally licensed dealer) they must run a background check and must record your identity. They keep those records indefinitely. The only time you can purchase a gun and have it be unrecorded, is if a private citizen buys directly from another private citizen in person. Only an FFL holder is allowed to ship or receive a firearm through any courier service. Purchasing a gun o behalf of someone else is illegal. Purchasing a gun from an FFL using a fake identity is also illegal. You also have to certify that you are not being treated for any mental health disorders, and that you do not have a restraining order against you. You cannot be a drug addict. What you are talking about is already illegal. The only thing that is not illegal, that could be implied by your comment, is the sale of a firearm from one private citizen to another without the aid of an FFL. Personally, I think anyone who would make such a sale without the aid of an FFL is an idiot, as it could lead to legal complications in the future.

about two weeks ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

jittles Re:The New Wall (151 comments)

With his bare hands, while riding on a bear.

But what the world really wants to know is: Will he be wearing a shirt?

about two weeks ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

jittles Re:Reminder of who not to credit (151 comments)

I'm curious how a command economy with what amounts to a captive labor force runs out money.

I don't dispute that the Soviet economy as a whole was ineffective, but lack of money for defense spending seems kind of hard to comprehend.

I can see labor efficiency getting worse, hard currency reserves being depleted, but when you can direct labor and physical capital for anything you want, how do you run out of money?

FWIW, I've mostly believed the Soviet Economy Collapse in Competition With The US meme, mainly because it seems to fit and no other explanation has really been offered.

Their command economy was not efficient enough to produce all of the supplies they needed. They often had to buy Western grain to feed people. The leaders of the country wanted Western luxuries but, due to their restricted economy, had very limited hard money that was useful outside of the USSR. Hell, even the US relied on the USSR for some things. To build the SR-71, the CIA used shell companies throughout the world to buy titanium from the Soviets.

about two weeks ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

jittles Re:And you get to live in Florida!!! (161 comments)

Weather wise - I mean - you can have your pick.

Sure, you can have hurricanes with hot, humid weather, or you can have hurricanes with humid, hot weather.

I moved to Florida from the SF Bay Area a few years ago. I have yet to see a hurricane. The area that I live in hasn't seen a hurricane since something like 1994. That's only 5 years more recently than the Loma Prieta earthquake. The weather is usually in the high 70's or low 80's during the spring and fall. Most of the summer the weather hangs out around 92 degrees. Some summer days are nicer here than in the Bay Area (like when you have a high pressure system over the Sierra Nevada mountains). During the winter you might see some high 20's a few times, but it usually hangs out around 60-70 degrees. This is in North Florida.

about two weeks ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

jittles Re:Typical!! (271 comments)

...Any such devices like this would be removed from any car I buy...

Agreed! But the key work here is 'buy' - the implication being you buy it outright, and are the owner.

On the other hand, if you are financing through the dealer, the RO (registered owner) is the dealer, not you.

If you look at the Spireon tracking company's site, it states the purpose of the tracker:

"Like auto dealers, vehicle finance companies are turning to GPS vehicle tracking in order to offer loans to subprime buyers while minimizing their risk."

No, if you finance a car then the financier is the lien holder, not the registered owner of the vehicle. There is no way in hell that any financial institution would want to be the registered owner for Joe Blow's vehicle. The bank could be held liable if Joe Blow drove drunk and killed a school bus full of children or something insane like that.

about two weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

jittles Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

it should ALWAYS be that the person sitting is in charge of making sure it is down.

Men sit down to poop, i don't hear them ever argue about who left the seat up, they just check before sitting.

common sense?

Hmmm. I get pissed at girlfriends when they come over and leave the seat down but the lid up. I hate staring into the gaping maw of the toilet bowl every time I need to walk into the bathroom. Furthermore, at a previous home, someone put a cabinet above the toilet. Can't tell you how many times I accidentally dropped something into the bowl from the cabinet shelf. Now the seat and the lid are second nature to me.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

jittles Re:Gentlemen, start your engines! (219 comments)

It's completely possible.

Ulbricht was not very smart. He bought fake IDs off his own website and had them shipped to his actual home address. The IDs were intercepted in the mail. and this clued the FBI in on his activities. Then he managed his servers using a direct VPN connection. Once the FBI traced the VPN endpoint he was done. They coerced the hosting company to allow them access and they could collect all the information they needed to build a case from that point on.

I imagine this Defcon guy did something similarly dumb.

To do this right:

1. Find a VM hosting company offshore that accepts bitcoins and doesn't ask for identity. 2. Buy some bitcoins, use one of the many tumbler services to wash them, and pay for the services that way 3. Never manage or otherwise connect to your VM directly. Always use TOR. SSH works great over TOR. 4. Don't buy shit off your own website and have it shipped to your damn house.

Just finished reading the affidavit from the FBI. This guy was a dumbass. He used a gmail account to pay for the VPS service and used his home internet connection to connect to the gmail account. He used his own, hotel, and relatives internet connections to connect to the hosting provider without any sort of anonymizing service. The FBI used either an undercover agent or a confidential informant to eventually find the VPS provider. From there, he was quite easy to track. The FBI had been watching the guy for months. The affidavit suggested it was an undercover agent that was hired as a staff member on the website that lead to this case being cracked open.

about two weeks ago
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Enzymes Make Electricity From Jet Fuel Without Ignition

jittles Re:Efficiency (78 comments)

The research in this article is important. It shows that what was always theoretically an option is actually possible in practice. Scalability, efficiency, effort to produce - none of that matters at this stage. Obviously that would all be interesting next steps, but this shows that the principle works. And that is damn interesting.

Don't be naive. Of course the efficiency matters at this stage. If this is just as efficient, or more efficient than burning the fuel in a turbine, then it's ready for use now. If it is not, then we know that more research is required. The GP was asking "Is this ready for use, or is this one of those technologies they say we will be using 20 years from now?" He framed that in the question of efficiency because that is how you would measure whether this is a viable method of generation or just a technological marvel.

about two weeks ago
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Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

jittles Re:The World is Overcrowded (106 comments)

While I don't doubt the intentions of Bill and others who want to try and people alive, sadly this is natures way of making sure the world doesn't get overcrowded. It's a sad fact but people NEED to die.

Are you volunteering to be the first to die for your cause? Or did you just mean that other people sh

about three weeks ago
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Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

jittles Re:Legal Loophole (95 comments)

Well, its a classic chicken and the egg situation. If the measures were in place, Al Quaeda would have used different channels, like I presume they do now.

The CIA has been using British intelligence to spy on US citizens since they were first banned from spying on citizens in 1976.

about three weeks ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

jittles Re:Don't forget (631 comments)

When banks started to issue VISA/MasterCard credit cards in my country (one of the ex-commie countries) some 15 years ago...

Basically, if someone swiped your card, you were screwed - hopefully you had a sufficiently low withdrawal/payment limit on the card, otherwise your account could have been completely emptied.

Not defending CurrentC here (can be pretty much even worse), but the illusion that a credit card is somehow more secure is really that - an illusion ...

Maybe in your country credit card security is an illusion, but in the United States (where this battle is currently set to take place), it is not. If I use my ATM card at a store and my account gets stolen, I'm screwed. The bank does not have to give me back my money until after it concludes its investigation. With a credit card, the bank has to credit my account the disputed amount. All of the consumer protections are geared towards credit cards. CurrentC wants you to use your bank account in an EFT so that the retailers do not have to pay the credit card transaction fees. CurrentC provides zero advantage to consumers, and nothing but disadvantages over CC and Apple Pay. CurrentC will lose because it only benefits retailers. Unless they completely stop accepting credit card, no one will bother with CurrentC. And if they stopped accepting cards, then Amazon would be quite happy to take even more market share from brick and mortar retailers.

about three weeks ago

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